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Saturday, September 7, 2013

New York Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2014: Get the Makeup Looks!

I know we are only three days into NYFW SS 2014 but I’m already loving on some of the makeup looks that are being sent down the runways. The good news? Most of the looks are totally wearable off the runway and flatter most skin tones.Here are a few of my favorites:

Creatures of the Wind SS’14 – Lead Makeup Artist: James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry

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LOOK: “The real statement of the makeup look is the satin textured orange lip. It contrasts the color and finish of the opalescent-textured eye, and also references the era of the artist Eugene von Bruenchenhein, which was a source of inspiration for Shane and Chris. We loved the idea of translating this into the beauty look as well.”
– After priming skin, apply NARS ‘Radiant’ Cream Compact Foundation ($38). To seamlessly blend and give foundation a lighter feel, blot face with a damp sponge.
– Use NARS Stick Concealer ($23) to hide any imperfections.  Instead of applying directly to the skin, warm concealer between your ring fingers and tap on or apply with a concealer brush.
– Mix both eyeshadows in the NARS Duo Eyeshadow Iceland ($34) and apply to entire eyelids. Use an eyeliner brush dipped in both shadows to line the inner corners of your eyes.
– Line entire lip area and fill in with NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Red Square in ($25)
– Then, since NARS used Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil, which won’t be out until Spring 2014,  try applying a layer of NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave ($26)

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Makeup Tutorial: 8 Easy Steps to Creating Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Makeup

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Sugar Skull seems to be the costume of choice this Halloween and with a few products and tools from Sephora, Amazon, and your own makeup kit you can easily pull off this look! What’s going to make your Sugar Skull prettier than everyone else’s? You’re going to be a good girl and listen to me when I say don’t use Halloween makeup and grease paint! It looks faded and it doesn’t last! My makeup literally lasted a night of pizza eating, excessive drinking, and schlepping up and down heart-attack hill (our driveway).

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Before you get started with your fabulously frightful look, make sure you have a handful of makeup remover-soaked Q-tips handy for clean ups.


Step 1: After moisturizing, prime your face with Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer ($30), giving enlarged pores special attention with extra primer.  With a foundation brush or your fingers, apply Clown White Lite Makeup  ($5.27) all over your face from your hairline to your chin and jawline.  Leave your eye sockets and tip of your nose uncovered since the white dilutes the color of the makeup. Then, set the cream makeup with Graftobian Pro Setting Powder ($9.99) by rolling a large powder brush across your face (do not rub, brush as usual, or blot since it will take the cream makeup off with it) and clean up any brush marks by lightly patting with your fingertips.


Step 2: Draw a line around your eye socket in a rounded squarish shape with a black waterproof eye pencil like SEPHORA COLLECTION Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner ($12), and then use the eyeliner on the eye cuticle (inner eye).  Fill in shape with a waterproof cream shadow like MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow  ($23),  ensuring you get as close as possible to both your upper and lower lash lines (you don't want any skin showing!).  Then to get that long-lasting inky matte black look, press in a matte black powder shadow like MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon ($15) with a shader brush like MAC 239 Eye Shading Brush ($25).

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Step 3: To add a little extra dimension to the blue, you'll notice I used two different shades to make the look really pop. I started by lining along the black ring with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Deviant ($19) and then drew an outer ring with the same liner  from just above my eyebrows to the middle of my cheek and around the eye.  Then, I filled in the shape with SEPHORA COLLECTION Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof in Turquoise ($12) and set it with the shader brush and Kryolan UV Blacklight Reactive Pressed Powder Eye Shadow in BLUE ($12.95) to give the look an extra creepy effect!


Step 4: To make the petals around the eyes use a black waterproof liner pencil like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Perversion ($19) to draw small loops all the way around the blue ring, and then fill in loops with a red lipstick liner pencil like SEPHORA COLLECTION Retractable Waterproof Lip Liner in Scarlet ($12). Then, to make the petals stand out, go over the black lines with a waterproof liquid liner like Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion  ($19.00).


Step 5:  You want to make a spade-like shape on your nose by drawing an upside-down heart with the  Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion ($19) and draw a little stem at the bottom.  Fill in spade with MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow  ($23), and then set with MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon ($15).   


Step 6:  For the spiderweb, with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion ($19) draw five lines (like in the picture) and then connect them with upside-down arches.  Then draw a spade (like the one on your nose) where the lines meet.  Fill in the spade with MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow  ($23), and then set with MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon ($15).    


Step 7:  To draw the rose, use the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion  and create the outline of the rose (look at pic for guidance) and then fill in rose with SEPHORA COLLECTION Retractable Waterproof Lip Liner in ScarletTo make your rose stand out, go over black lines with Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion.  To make leaves on each side of the rose, use your Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion to draw the outline of the leaves and then fill in leaves with Jesse's Girl Eyeliner in Poison Ivy ($1.99).


Step 8: For your mouth, use your Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion to draw a horizontal line from the center of your lips that curve up with your jawline on both sides of your mouth (check pic for reference).  Then make vertical lines starting at the center of your lips that gradually get smaller as they get further from your lips. Again, to make the lines pop, use your Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion to go over all the black lines

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Spray your face with Urban Decay All Nighter XL Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray ($27.95) to lock in the makeup for the night and throw away the key. Voila! All you need now is to make yourself a headpiece with some fake black and red roses and some wire and you're ready to rock this Halloween as a super bad ass Day of the Dead Sugar Skull! HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYONE!

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 All photos courtesy of Ben Hughes. Thanks Ben!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Makeup Tutorial: Sexy Black Kitty, Meow!

Sometimes I have the worst luck…  Today I woke up all all ready and excited for my Google+ Hangout (If you don’t know what that it is, it’s like a video chat that is broadcasted live on Google+ and streams to YouTube).   It was hosted by the insanely beautiful (hate her!) Samantha Lim, Editor-in-Chief  of the huge online fashion magazine FashionIndiefeaturing myself,  Christina Farrell, amazing makeup artist and founder of the The Makeup Blogger, and Stacy Reid, Founder and CEO of Tinte Cosmetics (which thanks to Stacy’s generosity I will be trying soon!).

So what happened? Well, Murphy’s Law reared its ugly head and my Internet decided to take a hiatus. So, unfortunately I missed the first few minutes of the Hangout and once I finally got into the Hangout I faded in and out and even froze a couple times (I could hear the others saying, “She’s a frozen kitten!”).  Now my drama aside, Christina did an adorable tutorial for an 80s costume and Stacy walked through several different viable Halloween looks.  You should definitely check it out here.

After the Hangout was over, I figured it would simply be a waste of a good kitty cat look if I didn’t do a YouTube tutorial! Don’t worry about writing down any of the products since I’m listing them for you at the end of this post:

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